2018 Helen's Hill "Ingram Road" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria

SKU #1431942 94 points James Halliday

 Selective-harvested, a mix of new and old clones destemmed and co-fermented, 10 days on skins, then pressed to French barriques (10% new) for mlf and 11 months maturation. Bright, clear crimson-purple-hue; Helen's Hill nailed this wine in a hectic vintage, the fragrant, high-toned flavours of red cherries and berries make oak a vehicle, not an end in itself.  (8/2019)

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Price: $14.99

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2019 | Send Email
This wine begs the question, why is Yarra Valley Pinot not a thing? It is in Australia but not in the States. This is Pinot for anyone who enjoys drinking coastal California Pinot but wants to spend 50% less. The wine sings. Bright red fruits, lots of strawberries and cherries, with dark red fruit backed with a hint of dustiness. The palate is soft and easy, so easy, the wine will almost be gone before dinner is served. This is a perfect entry point to a great Pinot Noir region.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2019 | Send Email
Australia’s Yarra Valley is one of the best places in the world to find outstanding value in Pinot Noir. This cool climate region just to the east of Melbourne is known as “Australia’s Burgundy” producing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Helen’s Hill is one of the producers's we have found that makes great Pinot Noir that dramatically out-performs its price. The Ingram Road Pinot Noir is a great example: bright, lifted aromas of maraschino cherries and strawberries on the nose follow through to soft, red-fruited palate that is fresh and incredibly smooth, with an acid line that strikes right down the palate. This pristine, beautiful Pinot Noir is one of those incredible $15 bottles that drinks like its $30.

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2019 | Send Email
Crunchy cranberry is the name of the game here! With bright and fresh red fruits, this is a wine best enjoyed with some food. Anything that you would use a tarter and lighter style of Pinot Noir for, this will be a slam dunk wine to use for that pairing!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2019 | Send Email
Bright, crunchy, and red fruited, this is better than the vast majority of $15 Pinots you will find from any country in the store. With silky tannin, strawberries, and cherry character, you can get a strong sense of this cool-climate site. Easy to drink, affordable, and simply delicious, I can see why this is a hit with our customers year after year.
Top Value!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2019 | Send Email
I was skeptical. I usually do not care much for the mass produced value Pinots of the world. Which is why I was stunned when I took a whiff of this one. So bright, expressive, rich, and delicate all at once! Strawberry compote, raspberry, mint with a touch of basil, a touch of toast from the oak. This is a superbly made, single-vineyard Pinot Noir for an astoundingly reasonable $14.99. I'll be keeping a case of this at home for myself.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2019 | Send Email
Another great hit from the folks Helen's Hill. The nose is beautifully aromatic with ripe fruit, cherries and a very subtle hint of Earth. It's a bright, lean, fresh style of Pinot with notes of cherries, acid on the mid palate and crunchy fruit on the finish. Anyone looking for a great deal on fantastic quality of Pinot should invest in a few bottles.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2019 | Send Email
This Pinot Noir can definitely rival many Bourgogne Rouge wines! Bright, crunchy flavors of red cherries, cranberries, juicy red plums and red currants burst on the palate. It's fresh and vibrant Pinot Noir with lots of lively and zesty personality.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 12.8